March 13, 2018 - Central Elgin - At its meeting held on March 13, 2018, Elgin County
Council considered a number of items related to the Port Bruce Bridge Collapse.
At this meeting Council consented to a continued engineering review of the collapsed
structure, gave authority to proceed with a demolition contractor, and approved
the sourcing of a temporary bridge for an expedited installation.
Warden Marr also took time during the meeting to thank the senior administration
for their efforts to bring timely information to County Council for consideration.
Marr commented, "I know that our entire team has worked very diligently on this
important community project to ensure that the myriad of considerations for removal,
reconstruction and reporting are well researched and their commitment to finding
the best solution for this unique challenge is evident in their recommendations".
Warden Marr also extended sincere thanks to MP Karen Vecchico and MPP Jeff Yurek
for their quick assistance with this matter.
"Now that we know more information about the collapse, we can assure the public
that this type of bridge design doesn't exist anywhere else in Elgin County" said
Marr. "The safety of our residents is of paramount importance and we remind the
public to keep a safe distance away from the bridge structure during the removal
and reconstruction efforts."
Chief Administrative Officer Julie Gonyou thanked Council for their guidance and
willingness to expedite this process so that a timely solution can be implemented
for the residents of Port Bruce.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Dillon Consulting was retained by Elgin County shortly after the bridge collapse
to perform an initial review of the site, determine any immediate safety concerns,
begin an investigation into the possible causes of the collapse and provide recommendations
for moving forward.
- This bridge is a single-load path structure and the anchor rods constitute a primary
component of the bridge which means that if the anchor rods fail, a collapse of
this nature can happen.
- Although the initial source of the failure cannot be concluded without further investigation,
at this phase, the focus is on anchor rod failure as the most likely cause of the
- 2. Removal of Truck
- It was brought to County Council's attention that staff are waiting to review a
plan for removal provided by the truck owner's insurer. There are a number of considerations
related to the removal of the truck that range from environmental to logistics.
At this point a timeline for the removal of the truck is not available.
- 3. Temporary Bridge
- Council considered several options for the installation of a temporary bridge. At
the conclusion of their discussions, Council agreed that the best of course of action
was to proceed with the purchase and installation of a temporary bridge from a private
- The Township of Malahide has proposed a location and route for the temporary bridge
and County Council will be receiving an additional report on this proposed installation
- Council did give consideration to the suggestion that a military bridge could be
utilized. However, after numerous discussions with several ministries, it was determined
that the County was not eligible for this solution for this circumstance. Military
assistance is reserved for situations where access to Fire and EMS services are
completely severed for residents.
- Council also considered rental of a temporary bridge; however, rental costs were
similar to that of purchasing a temporary bridge and therefore this option was not
- Once the temporary structure is no longer required in Port Bruce, this bridge will
be repurposed and relocated to replace another County single lane bridge to be determined
at a future date.
- 4. Demolition
- The County will proceed with planning for the removal of the remnants of the bridge
structure within timeframes governed in part by environmental regulations.
- The County is expediting the demolition to meet timelines surrounding environmental
issues including spawning season.
- 5. Timeline
- A temporary structure could be operational within 2-3 months of project initiation
barring any unforeseen circumstances.